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we've came from the city of st. francis has never gotten and that's distinguished us. project hope has been about our expression now conditionally 50 times. our compassion and our opportunity for everyone who lives and works here to demonstrate that compassion. to each other. to that make this city a safer city and a more successful city but for the city for the 1 hundred percent. i want to a thank las vegas e devon and the whole staff for being here and the public health department. i want to thank our sf thank you and today sports 6 hundred members of our technology companies that point to experience not only the use of technology but also express their compassion for the city in giving back to a city that's helped them be successful. today, we have four very special sponsors and thank you for keeping your rates down. sprint for keeping us communicated prima facia. and virgin mobile and assurance wireless. their not only sponsors here but have brought anti volunteers and every time we get those opportunities you know what it's like first year perhaps for the first time looking so
issue. if people are fearful that it will be dirty or they won't work, i think they will not use them. so, broad community outreach and education about where the new stations are, where existing ones are, and clear focus on maintenance and cleanliness, especially in the lowest income neighborhoods, too, i wanted to say that president chiu has important legislation that some of us are supporting as well. i think we should be advocating for and more funding for more equitable access for drink tap stations as they're implemented through our city. the last thing i just wanted to say was i think new technology and app are being use ford all kinds of purposes. often you can't find the stations and maybe having -- use the technology to know where drink tap stations are might be a helpful advance as well. and lastly, i think the cultural change that was brought up by christina and others, it's an education process. so, i'm really glad that it's starting early with the child care centers and in the k-12 system and teachers are using great curriculum as provided by dph and puc as well. ~ grade
that are used widely today and administered privately, there are some difference, one of those which i think you're getting to is that the medical reimbursement accounts administered by the city have no prescribers other than them being available broadly for medical services. >> you said earlier, i want to get the number right, that about 35% of employers that use these hra's have not allowed in this past year that the money be used for health insurance? >> that is correct. >> if that money is now going to be used in healthy san francisco let's say, will healthy san francisco place restrictions on the use of that money? i would imagine that we are not going to prohibit people from using that to buy health insurance? >> that sounds unlikely. i would be reluctant to speculate but i can say there's no such restrictions on the administration of those accounts currently or over the five or six years they've been maintaining those accounts forward. er >> i think that's a great thing, you have more people using that money for health insurance. in terms of the medical reimbursement accounts, is there an
speaker. >> good evening, thanks for having us, supervisor, my name is jane sanderval, as i currently work in an emergency department, i know first hand how a reduction in community resources leads to an increased dependence in emergency departments, often the emergency department is used as a primary means of health care, i see this on a daily basis. the potential search in ed clientele due to a loss of nuances from the health care ordinance will tax an overloaded and overutilized and sometimes underfunded and understaffed department. i'm concerned ed wait times will increase, as they provide access to preventive services sufns immunizations and health screening, i'm concerned without these sss, clientele may not seek care until they have a crisis in their life. it is unclear to me how mandating an uninsured person to purchase health care [inaudible] those less fortunate are not limit today the marginalized and people who have become a casualty, these people will not be able to afford the co-payment and is deductibles from the new insurance exchange. the loss of healthy san francisco woul
provides them with that choice, we want them to choose us. a recent survey indicated that 60% of low-income individuals who are uninsured would change their provider if they were given the choice to do so so we are responding to that challenge and integrating the service we offer throughout our delivery system so we do a better job to coordinate the care our patients need, we're working to improve quality and capacity to increase access to care, we're enhancing our patient's experience by shortening waiting times and increasing our efficiency in customer service and these are exactly the items that barbara is at the health department working on today. our second role is more citywide in nature and related to our mission to protect and promote the health of all san franciscans, we're maximizing enrollment into the health insurance options under the nca and i'll focus on this a little bit more. the health department has identified several key factors to the successful implementation of the aca in san francisco. the first is personal responsibility, this is not just the requirement unde
is the accountability by the acc/jc, who is it accountable to? >> they're accountable to the u.s. department of education. >> and -- >> and again, it's a peer. it is not a private organization. they're elected members. they are representing all the institutions in california. >> so, you know, i've heard that they get some funding from some foundations. do you know whether or not that's the case? >> i don't. >> do you think that would be relevant to know how objective they are? >> my job is to focus on meeting the accreditation standards so that we retain our education and this institution. i know everybody here in the room understands the vital importance that it has for the city and community. and accreditation is the public assurance that we meet a standard that all institutions are held to. and that is our goal. that's my goal and role. and, again, vice harris came and he spoke to the leadership of our institution. he spoke with -- it was a group meeting. it included academic senate leadership, classified senate leadership, afp 21 21, aeiu [speaker not understood], department chair, and h
wellness policies, looking at -- systemic, there is a great policy around bottled water and not using our funds to buy bottled water as an environmental concern, but the concern that that raises sometimes has been that makes water not available and what are the other options that can be sold in a small package and offer something with added sugar. looking at those policies, unexpected consequences of what that are. and then lastly, continuing to do outreach and awareness, particularly with populations that we want to do more outreach to. as i mentioned earlier, there is national data showing that lower income populations tend to buy bottled water. we don't want them to. for so many reasons. but if there are issues with cavities, then they're not getting the fluoride. we don't want them to spend money on bottled water when they don't need to be. if their pipes are good, they should be drinking water from the tap for all kinds of reasons. so, we know that immigrant populations also tend to buy more bottled water. so, ultimately what -- you know, i'm here to be an advocate for drinking water
to as the aca or obama care which is something that we have affectionately appropriated because the term was use ined a derogatory way, we think it's a positive way, this law does many things but perhaps most importantly, it makes preventive care more accessible and more affordable for so many americans and i'm excited to be here to begin a series of hearings that we will be holding on the affordable care act so that we have in san francisco a smooth as transition and implementation as possible. today's hearing will focus on how the aca and our local health care security ordinance work in tandem to make health care and health insurance truly accessible to as many san franciscans as possible. you know, the thing about the health care security ordinance, it was really an example of how san franciscans can come together, you had labor, community activist and is the business community coming forward and passing an ordinance that set an example for how you can have universal health care for the rest of the country. in september of this year, i plan to hold a hearing on how to enroll for health insura
that kind of brings us all together. we clearly have some differences of opinion in which each of our energies want to be focused. but i think the best thing that we can do for our students is to, is to calm them and let them know that the college is open, that we're registering our kids -- (applause) >> that enrollment is going to be really important. if we continue to have our kids and all of our students concerned about whether or not we are really invested in keeping city college open and that we have this one-year period in which to make it happen, the drop-off for city college will continue to shift. and when we do secure, retain our accreditation in the coming years, the drop-offer of enrollment from this year will have deep effects for the following year and going forward ~. so, i know that we all want to kind of focus on areas that we think that we can really tackle, whether it's, you know, questioning the acc/jc -- by the way, you know, the mayor hasn't thought about whether we're being differently than anyone else because all the other colleges have met the standards of the
have joining with us ~ supervisor avalos who will begin to steer the conversation for this item. ~ accreditation supervisor avalos, would you like to offer opening remarks? >> yes. yes, i would. thank you very much, chair cohen. and thank you for co-sponsoring this hearing along with supervisor campos as well. >> thank you. >> this is an emergency hearing that we've called, really to address big concerns in san francisco about potential closing of city college. we have heard members of the board of supervisors, while we don't have direct jurisdiction over city college, we under just how important city college is to san francisco for so many reasons. we have our work force programs train thousands of people to be prepared for our local aloe economy. in a way, city college serve as an economic engine for the city to help prepare the work force for that. there are many people who use city college to prepare for four-year institutions and allow youth of color, especially [speaker not understood] is an institution where they can actually go on to four-year institutions and city colle
the single payer or many of us is the on the answer and in 94 or 96 that the state ballot that passed, that the single payer initiative, san franciscans passed it, californians didn't, san franciscans passed it, when we got to cfo's, we couldn't have it all by itself in san francisco, so we brought in all of the different force, we brought the federal government funding, the state funding and the employer's funding to help provide access for everything, acso is not just san francisco healthy, healthy san francisco, it's both, the mandate from the employer so they should pay their share as well as everybody, and as your attorney said today, we think aca is coming in, we're excited about the possibilities, we wanted to work but we need both systems in this city to ensure that all of our san franciscans, undocumented people who work less than 30 hours a week, all san franciscans can have access to health care, please, it's not that complicated, people won't make it that comply skated, we need both systems implemented as soon as possible, thank you very much. >> next speak e please. er >>
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